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Associate Director, Entrepreneurship and Innovation | Georgia State University Robinson College of Business

  • 26 May 2022 2:30 PM
    Message # 12795166
    Sherrie Goodman (Administrator)


    Georgia State University

    Entrepreneurship and Innovation Institute


    The Entrepreneurship and Innovation Institute (ENI) at Georgia State University aspires to become national model demonstrating that students from all backgrounds can imagine and develop solutions to problems and innovative new products and services that create value for themselves, their communities, and society. ENI seeks an Associate Director with a passion for developing and supporting entrepreneurs and Innovators In underserved populations. The Associate Director is part of ENI’s core leadership team and will contribute to the vision, strategy, and outcomes of ENI's interdisciplinary programs and strategic partnerships.


    Driven by the growth of ENI’s curricular and non-curricular programming and the launch of new Initiatives and partnerships, the Associate Director will oversee complex and mission-critical functions of ENI, including university-wide program management, strategic partnership development, and marketing and promotion of programs, events, and affiliated units of ENI. Specific responsibilities of this role include:


    • Collaborate with project teams across the university to develop and implement non- and co-curricular programs and experiential learning opportunities
    • Design and oversee university-wide entrepreneurship events including workshops, lecture series, and competitions
    • Align entrepreneurship non- and co-curricular initiatives to curriculum and student learning by working closely with faculty and instructors
    • Serve as advisor for entrepreneurship student and alumni organizations, communities, and networks
    • Establish and maintain relationships with the local, national, and global entrepreneurship community, industry partners, alumni, and potential donors
    • Deliver high-quality strategic partnership engagements
    • Lead advancement campaigns and development of proposals for funding to advance ENI’s strategic initiatives
    • Represent ENI on the department, college, and university-wide committees, in the entrepreneurship community, and at industry conferences
    • Oversee marketing strategy, including digital, social, and print, and the creative process from concept to completion
    • Supervise marketing staff and student workers
    • Coordinate with central university, college marketing and communications teams, and units affiliated with or part of ENI to create and update marketing collateral, websites and ensure alignment and compliance with university and college branding standards
    • Oversee development and publication of university-wide communications related to entrepreneurship and innovation
    • Collaborate with campus partners to increase awareness of entrepreneurship and innovation programs and resources
    • Identify, implement and maintain platforms and databases for tracking, marketing, and advancement purposes


    The Associate Director will embrace inclusivity and diverse perspectives, and contribute to creating a culture of equity, openness, and respect for all. S/he will possess the ability to thrive in an environment with competing and changing priorities and deadlines, have a track record of building collaborative working relationships with team members and partners, and demonstrate creativity and an entrepreneurial mindset.


    Established in 2016, ENI is a significant strategic effort by both the Robinson College of Business (RCB) and the University to build upon and expand the university’s offerings in entrepreneurship and innovation courses and experiences among all of its 50,000+ students. Serving as the enabler in the university-wide effort to cultivate a more inclusive entrepreneurial culture, ENI provides educational opportunities and practical experiences in entrepreneurship and innovation for all students at GSU. ENI offers rapidly growing degree programs including a BBA in entrepreneurship, interdisciplinary undergraduate majors in entrepreneurship in conjunction with the Creative Media Industries Institute, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, and the Institute for Biomedical Sciences, an undergraduate minor available to all students at GSU, a graduate certificate in disruptive innovation and entrepreneurship, a concentration in entrepreneurship at the MBA level, and a graduate degree in conjunction with the Institute for Biomedical Sciences. Over the past five years, entrepreneurship-themed majors and minors have collectively experienced outstanding growth and ENI is positioned as an important part of the future of the University and business community. ENI also offers significant co-curricular programming including an accelerator program, student business incubator, workshops, speaker series, competitions, and community-building events. Opportunities for conducting research are excellent with similarly interested faculty colleagues across the college and university in areas such as public policy, law, economics, management, finance, marketing, risk management, healthcare, and innovation along with researchers across the college and university engaged in the Entrepreneurship Research Group. More information about ENI and its degree programs and other offerings is available at https://www.eni.gsu.edu/.



    Georgia State University, the largest university in Georgia with more than 50,000 students enrolled (and over 63,000 unique students, including 7,000 graduate/professionals), continues to lead the state and nation in graduating economically and racially diverse students on time and at a reasonable cost. The university enrolls more than 21,000 African Americans, 13,500 White, 6,000 Asian, 5,600 Hispanic, and 3,000 Multiracial students each semester. Pell-eligible students, many of whom are first-generation college students, currently represent 58% of the University’s undergraduate student population, ranking first among all national universities in the percent of Pell students that it enrolls. Recently, Georgia State University became the first institution in U.S. history to award more than 2,000 bachelor’s degrees to African American students in a single year and confers more bachelor’s degrees to African Americans than any other non-profit college or university in the United States.  Georgia State’s diversity is truly exceptional.  According to U.S. News and World Report, Georgia State University is one of only two universities to rank in the Top 15 in the nation for both its racial/ethnic diversity and the percent of low-income students enrolled. Georgia State has eliminated achievement gaps based on race, ethnicity, or income. As a result of these efforts, in May 2018, The New York Times ran a feature article on Georgia State, calling the institution “an engine of social mobility.” Additionally, U.S. News and World Report ranked Georgia State as the 2nd most innovative institution in the country and #2 for best undergraduate teaching. Through its campuses across the Metro Atlanta area, Georgia State serves a diverse array of communities, including many first-generation Americans, with U.S. News and World Report ranking it as the 10th most diverse university in the nation. Georgia State is also a leading research university ranking 80th out of 415 public universities in the U.S. for research expenditures according to the National Science Foundation. In FY 2021, Georgia State faculty earned $142 million in external research funding, the seventh consecutive year that funding exceeded $100 million.


    With more than 8,000 students and 170 faculty members, the Robinson College of Business (RCB) is among the ten largest accredited business schools in the United States with a student body that is one of the most diverse in the country. Fifty-six percent of RCB undergraduates are underrepresented minorities. According to the most recent edition of Diverse Issues in Education, Robinson ranks #1 in conferring bachelor’s degrees in finance and marketing to Black students. The School of Accountancy ranks #2 in conferring bachelor’s degrees in accounting to Black students and #15 to underrepresented minorities. The college is highly ranked in many areas. Robinson’s flagship Part-time MBA program is ranked among the best by Bloomberg Businessweek and U.S. News & World Report, and its Executive MBA is considered by Financial Times to be among the top 20 programs in the United States and one of the world’s premier programs.


    Robinson’s size and legacy of excellence make it one of the most influential business schools in the country. According to Standard & Poor’s, more Georgia executives hold graduate degrees from Robinson and Georgia State than any other college or university in the country. The college’s location in the middle of Atlanta provides easy access to 16 Fortune 500 companies and 30 Fortune 1000 companies headquartered in the Atlanta metropolitan area, offering excellent opportunities for research, student job placement, and fundraising. Benefitting from both broad and deep disciplinary expertise and recent investments in computer science, emerging technologies, entrepreneurship, and innovation, RCB is rapidly pursuing idea development with students, faculty, and strategic partners working alongside one another. Together we are producing the next generation of diverse innovators and leaders who are changing the face of business.


    Although Atlanta’s reputation as the economic capital of the Southeast is well established, the region is evolving and is now rapidly developing as a technology hub. Venture capitalist, Leura Craig, recently was quoted saying, “We think that the Southeast and especially Atlanta has the opportunity to become a key hub for tech startups in the next five years. It feels a lot like Los Angeles five years ago. Covid dramatically accelerated the flight from California and New York and the Southeast’s tech scene is going to be a huge winner as a result of this migration.” Learn more about RCB at http://robinson.gsu.edu.

     Disclaimer: This job requisition provides a high-level job definition. It is not intended to provide a comprehensive or exclusive list of job duties. As such, job duties and/or responsibilities within the context of this job requisition may change at the discretion the employee’s direct supervisor. 


    Bachelor's degree and five years of supervisory/management experience; or a combination of education and related experience.


    College/Business Unit

    : Robinson College of Business 

    Department: Entrepreneurship and Innovation Institute 


    : Atlanta Campus 

    Shift: 8:30 to 5:15 may vary 

    Salary : $53,349 - $121,629 

    Pay Grade: 3-2 

    FLSA Status: Exempt 

    Job Type: Full Time (Benefits Eligible) 

    Job Posting

    : 04/04/22, 9:17:24 AM 

    Closing Date

    : Open until filled 

    Preferred Hiring Qualifications: 

    Strategic decision making, marketing, event planning, operations and administration experience required. Entrepreneurial
    mindset with thorough understanding of human resources, faculty affairs, budgeting, continuous improvement, program
    development, and strategic relationship development. Existing relationships in university, industry, and Atlanta’s entrepreneurial
    ecosystem preferred.


    Please note, Georgia State University’s career board updates daily and requisitions are subject to be removed without prior notice or before the posting expires. 

    Georgia State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against applicants due to race, ethnicity, gender, veteran status, or on the basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.

    Application link :https://gsu.taleo.net/careersection/2/jobdetail.ftl 

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